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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my cerumen impaction?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my cerumen impaction?

Drops: Don't use q-tips or other objects to remove wax (cerumen). Use an ear wax removal kit (cerumenex or debrox etc.) which you purchase at the pharmacy. Softening drops are placed in the ear several times a day for 2-3 days. Use the bulb to flush the ear canal with warm water. You may need to repeat the process several times to remove the impacted wax/cerumen. If not helping see your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Ear Wax (Definition)

Ear wax in the ear canal is a mixture of secretions from oil and sweat glands in the canal's skin. Shedded skin cells are also a major ingredient of ear wax. There are two genetically determined types of ear wax: the wet type and the dry type. While Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type (crumbly, flaky), Africans and Europeans are more likely to have the ...Read more


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Can cerumen impaction be cured?

Fixable non-disease: Cerumen is product of the outer half of the ear canal & will shed spontaneously in most.For those with a clean ear fetish for self or kids, the process of cramming a qtip in an ear canal can cause this in some who don't have the problem naturally, pusning wax further in & complicating removal. Wax softening drops, waterpick wash out&removal with tools are all possible temporary solutions. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cerumen impaction?

What sort of disease is cerumen impaction?

Ear Wax: Some of us have glands that make a waxy substance in our external ear canal. The purpose of this stuff is presently unknown. Too much can act as a plug and cause decreased hearing.There are otc drops that help remove it. If not see your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I determine if I have a cerumen impaction?

How can I determine if I have a cerumen impaction?

CAN'T hear: Cerumen (ear wax) impaction causes hearing loss because the wax is so built up it causes 'an an ear plug'. Patients also 'feel a full feeling in ear'. When the impaction is severe i send patients to an ENT (ear, nose, throat) doctor who can remove wax with a suction device using a microscope. ...Read more

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Bill said son had a cerumen impaction. Whats that?

Bill said son had a cerumen impaction. Whats that?

Ear wax: Normally, ear wax will exit the ear canal as the skin grows out and flakes off. In some people, the canal is too narrow for this natural process to take place. Others are users of 'earbuds' or cotton swabs; both can push the wax further into the ear. Only trained professionals should try to remove stuck (impacted) wax. Do not place anything into your ear canal. You can do serious harm. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cerumen impaction?

What is the definition or description of: cerumen impaction?

Cerumen: A cerumen impaction is a build up of excess cerumen (ear wax) in your ear canal. Generally the main symptom is decreased hearing, pain and discomfort can also occur. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter help for someone with cerumen impaction?

Any over-the-counter help for someone with cerumen impaction?

Debrox: There are several over the counter drops which will help soften ear wax, debrox is but one. ...Read more

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My ears feel clogged and I wondered if cerumen impaction?

My ears feel clogged and I wondered if cerumen impaction?

See an ENT Doc: Don't wonder any more, see an ear specialist. That is what we do day in and day out. You need to see and ENT doctor if only to make sure you do not have anything else such as fluid behind your ear drum or even a foreign body in the ear canal. ...Read more

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Can cerumen impaction contribute to vertigo? Thinking of asking for ear lavage while i'm in the ER since i haven't had one in a very long time.

Can cerumen impaction contribute to vertigo? Thinking of asking for ear lavage while i'm in the ER since i haven't had one in a very long time.

Yes, Possibly: Especially if associated with an ear infection or i'd fluid is trapped behind the wax. You should see your doctor. It is inappropriate to see an er for cerumen impaction. You should go to an urgent care clinic or to your pcp. ...Read more

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If I have cerumen impaction, will the doctor clean out the ear? What will they do?

If I have cerumen impaction, will the doctor clean out the ear? What will they do?

Ear impact ion: if it is a true impacted ear canal, the goal is to remove the impacted cerumen (wax) this is done usually with drops containing peroxide or another cerumen removal material. Often it is in flushed with sterile saline or water using a pressure device or an aerosol. If this is not helpful the wax is sometimes remove manually using a forceps. Procedures generally well tolerated with minimal pain. ...Read more

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What is cerumen impaction and more importantly will the doctor clean out the ear or what?

What is cerumen impaction and more importantly will the doctor clean out the ear or what?

Ear wax buildup: There are plenty of home remedies, but for large accumulations, you would do best seeing an ent. Trying other things could lead to more problems. ...Read more

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Earwax impaction. What causes? Is it common to get impacted earwax 3 times year. Almost every 4 months I have needed dr to remove very painful wax.

Earwax impaction. What causes? Is it common to get impacted earwax 3 times year. Almost every 4 months I have needed dr to remove very painful wax.

Other helpful ways: Some people have the type of ear wax that builds up, while others do not. Some people "clean" their ears but unintentionally are pushing their wax further upstream. Wax is oily and more liquid in some people (and doesn't form a big lump), but wax is dry and hard in other people (forming a lump)... these qualities are genetic. Debrox drops, used on one or two days each month, can prevent build-up. ...Read more

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Is earwax impaction removal by an ENT supposed to hurt? I had it done today and it hurt a lot. (no pain prior, mild after). Said to use debrox to soften & return in a week. Should i see someone else?

Is earwax impaction removal by an ENT supposed to hurt? I had it done today and it hurt a lot. (no pain prior, mild after). Said to use debrox to soften & return in a week. Should i see someone else?

Expected: It doesn't sound out of the ordinary, especially if you have hard wax stuck in the canal. Please follow the instructions and go back for completion. You can also use mineral oil or peroxide to help soften the wax. Use the preparations at night and put cotton in the ears so that your natural body heat will do the work of softening it overnight. ...Read more

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Can the hopi ear candle treatment actually work by removing excess ear wax from your ears?

Can the hopi ear candle treatment actually work by removing excess ear wax from your ears?

Ear wax removal: Does the hopi treatment involve using a lighted candle whose other end is inserted into the ear canal? That would be very dangerous due to the risk of getting burns. I also wonder if that ever works! ...Read more

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After the removal of ear wax blockage by syringe I feel like I have a tubal catarrh. What is the standard treatment? I'm flying in 3 days- any danger?

After the removal of ear wax blockage by syringe I feel like I have a tubal catarrh. What is the standard treatment? I'm flying in 3 days- any danger?

Ear Blockage: Clear.ease is the product I developed for flying and scuba diving. Contains papain / bromelain which open the middle ear. Take one q 4 hours while flying - melt in mouth between cheek and gums. ...Read more

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How do I treat my earwax blockage?

How do I treat my earwax blockage?

Debrox....: Can try to soften and liquify it wit debrox, but best to be sure this is the cause of the blockage, ....See your otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can cough be caused by earwax blockage?

Can cough be caused by earwax blockage?

Yes: Foreign material in the ear canal can trigger coughing if there is enough blockage. This could include ear wax. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Earwax Blockage (Definition)

A condition that can occur when your body produces too much earwax or when the existing wax is pushed too far ...Read more